Our Prairie Rose School District is a geographically vast space in southeastern Alberta covering over 29,000 square kilometres. It borders Montana in the south and Saskatchewan in the east. Our central office is located somewhat centrally, yet when teachers assemble for meetings they travel from schools located over 2 hours from the north and almost 2 hours from the south-west. So, as you might imagine, gathering teachers for professional development is a challenge.
Fortunately, it is 2018 and it is time that we started to better leverage all of the amazing access that we have to digital technology. Many of our small, remote schools connect students via video-conferenced classes, but it seems we are generally less likely to connect virtually as educators. To remedy that, my fellow Instructional Coach and I decided that we would try to provide valuable PD that didn’t require travel. By what magic you ask? We are attempting some district-wide book studies using Flipgrid as our platform. Some of our participants are already using Flipgrid in their classes or school, and some will be catching #FlipGridFever for the first time.
We are featuring two books that align with our district goals of Deeper Learning and Literacy. Participants will have approximately 2 weeks to read a chapter/section and respond to their choice of discussion questions. Then, to make it a ‘conversation’, they have an additional week to ‘respond to’ the musings of at least two other educators on that same chapter.
Have you read the books and want to join the conversation? Our participants include teachers and administrators from primary to high school!
Out of district? Go to flipgrid.com and use this guest code to check out the conversation about Disciplinary Literacy: a8d729a2